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Stretch Marks

Stretch marks on the stomach

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There are many causes of stretch marks, such as rapid weight gain, but they are mainly recognised as the battle scars of pregnancy, with between 75% and 90% of women developing stretch marks during this time. Stretch marks after pregnancy are the bane of most women’s lives. Because whilst men might think that their partner’s scarred stomach is a tapestry upon which the beautiful experience of childbirth has been embroidered; women will be ruing the fact that they’ve had to mothball their skimpy, summer two-piece. Stretch marks aren’t necessarily uncomfortable, but the affected areas can occasionally be itchy and sensitive. However, there are a number of creams and lotions available that, if used daily, can help to keep the skin supple, while the action of rubbing in the cream can encourage better circulation. Laser treatment can also help to fade the marks, but this isn’t available on the NHS and can be expensive.

If your child has stretch marks and you would like more information, check the guide for parents on Embarrassing Bodies: Kids website.

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I'm 20 years old and have stretch marks. They make me feel so embarrassed about myself. I have been with my partner for 4 years and still to this day have not got undressed in front of him unless it's dark. I still don't go swimming, wear a bikini. I sunbathe on holiday fully dressed. Although my stretch marks may not seem so bad to everyone else they effect me so much emotionally. I feel sick everytime I look in the mirror. I lost 3 and a half stone and they just seem to of got worse. Tummy, legs, inner arms, thighs, calves, boobs, back, bum.. Everywhere. Please someone help me resolve this, I cry everytime I look in the mirror :(





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Hi I have had the same problem only I have had them everywhere for 20 years. The whole time it has caused severe depression, anxiety and hopelessness. No one has seen me naked either. I just started dating again and hate when he touches me. I feel discussing and don't want to live like this forever. They have faded but you can still FEEL the gaps in my skin. Your not alone. I feel alone especially in summer when I am the only one wearing pants;(

hi im 14 years old and im getting more and more stretchmarks. i have recently started to notice that im getting them in my inner thighs, but more lover down. especially on my belly, my inner arms, the top of my boobs, my sides,(nearer to my lower back) and the back of my legs (oppisite my knees). its really bringing my confidence down, when i look in the mirror and want ro cry, &i pray to God that i could of been silm. i don't jnow what to do, im actually scared incase they scare me for life? i need help or advice, or just someone that is feeling the same way, or someone who has the same problems. don't be embarrased, be brave and come forward xo





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I'm only 14 and already have stretch marks on my boobs as well they are really saggy . What can I do to help this ?





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Hello, am 20yrs old, i used a cream which reacted badly on my inner thighs and bombom and even boobs it gave me serious scars that looks like stretch marks, i have tried every thing possible to erase it since last year that it happened to me but to me i have tried every thing in my abilities to erase it but no result, pls what do i do. I will really appreciate if i get solution to it, tanks





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I recently started using dermelastic stretch mark serum because after having twins I had more stripes than a tiger. I've only been using this for a couple of weeks but I'm already noticing a difference on my stretch marks, especially on the darker ones it's lightening them. I can't wait to see how they look after long term use.





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Hi, I am 18 years old and I have stretch marks all over my body. At first It was only on my bum but now its all over my upper thighs, my knees and at the back of my legs. I've had my stretch marks for4 years now and every since I've got them I've never wear short s, skirts, bikini or any clothes that would draw attention to them. I am constantly in jeans pants and they sometimes irritates the back of my leg. I have tried numerous products such as Bio Oil, Cocoa butter, a lot of lighting creams, chemical peels and stretch marks vream. I am starting to run out of options on what next to try, so could someone please suggest something that I can use to get them out. Not to mention I'm black and my stretch marks are white and big so it's kind of hard to cover up. I refer to them as zebra strips, I've got them for so long so could someone please help me.





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I'm 16. I have stretch marks not from pregnancy and I'm not fat at all, I just grew really fast. I've had stretchmarks for about 4 yrs until I started doing something about them. I initially used palmers cocoa butter but that didn't work. Dermalmd Stretch Mark Cream lightened my stretchmarks from years ago and now I feel comfortable wearing a bikini !!!!





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I am a mother of 2 and have dealt with stretch marks for years. I have tried many different products. From drugstore products to expensive products, nothing was giving me the results I needed. I am amazed by the results of Dermelastic Serum! I have been using it for 2 weeks. Once in the morning, then again at night. So far, my stretch marks have greatly lightened up. I can't wait to see the results after more weeks of use. I have added this product to my daily routine!!!





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hi i am 22 and i have 3 kids when i had my first child i got coverd in strech marks all over my belly thighs bum and boobs i also have a realy saggy belly witch looks realy silly because i am skinny size 10 it has realy put a downer on me and i have depresion becuz of it what can i do to get rid of this only problem i am a single mum on benifits and dnt think the nhs will let me have surgery i would love to go on the show and get this corrected





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Hello, I have a lot of stretch marks on my belly and breasts from pregnancy and now I really want to get rid of them by laser. But what kind of laser is best? There are so many options out there. My son is now 1.5 so they are pretty new. Thank you





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Stretch marks are narrow, streak-like lines that can develop on the surface of the skin. They're also sometimes known as stria or striae. Stretch marks are often red or purple at first, before gradually fading to a silvery-white colour. Read More »

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